Transportation / Intermodality / Complete Streets

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-D07 - Brave New World—How Autonomous Vehicles Will Shape Our Built Environment

Friday, October 20
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Autonomous vehicles are coming. Will they bring utopia or a nightmare of zombie cars? How will they reshape our communities and roadside environments? Can we create policies to build Smart Cities and design our roadways to manage this new technology while providing active transportation and attractive streetscapes?

Learning Objectives:

Wendy Miller

Wendy Miller Landscape Architecture PLLC

Wendy is a Principal with her firm specializing in multi-modal planning, corridors studies, transportation aesthetics, and public involvement strategies. She has over 25 years experience working in public sector urban design and transportation planning developing multi-agency plans, corridor design solutions, and promoting efforts to improve the visual environment through design policy and public awareness. As a member of the Transportation Research Board Landscape and Environmental Design Committee, she peer reviews and collaborates on research needs for landscape architects in transportation practice and served on the National Academy of Sciences NCHRP Panel on Visual Impact Assessments.


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Adrian Pearmine

National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles
DKS Associates

Adrian Pearmine holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Transportation from University of Washington.  For over 20 years he has been combining his background in transportation technology with his telecommunications experience to help deliver smarter solutions to the problems that our cities face. Adrian was the author of the chapter on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the 2017 book, Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook. He helped coordinate the Portland region’s response to the Smart Cities Challenge, a $50M+ USDOT lead initiative aimed at building Smarter Cities transportation solutions.


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Hermanus Steyn

Principal Engineer
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Hermanus Steyn has more than 24 years of experience on transportations projects. On these projects, he considers constructability, traffic control, and cost estimating in establishing the horizontal and vertical alignments of the roadways. He assesses existing geometric features; analyzes existing and future traffic volumes; develops interchange, and arterial street improvement alternatives; evaluates alternatives; facilitates public involvement; and selects the most promising option. Further, he has extensive experience designing at-grade intersections including conventional intersections, modern roundabouts, and alternative intersection designs. Hermanus understands that the context of the project and working with the community are critical components in project success.


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Gerry Tierney

Associate Principal
Perkins + Will

Gerry Tierney, Associate Principal and Smart Mobility Lab Co-Director at Perkins + Will, is studying the evolution of urban mobility and its impact on the public realm. A founder of Mobility and the City’s REDCAR project, Gerry has collaborated with UCB’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center on workshops addressing multiple aspects of evolving urban mobility. He has moderated panels at MIT’s 2015 Disrupting Mobility Summit, and the 2016 AutomobiityLA “2050: City of the Autonomous Car”. He is currently collaborating with Arup and Nelson Nygaard on studying the impact of autonomous vehicles on street curbs, lane demand and parking.


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FRI-D07 - Brave New World—How Autonomous Vehicles Will Shape Our Built Environment

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